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Israel transfers bodies of 2 Palestinians killed near Hebron

Nov. 27, 2013 9:31 A.M. (Updated: Nov. 27, 2013 10:57 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces late Tuesday handed over the bodies of two Palestinians shot dead earlier that evening, a Ma'an reporter said.

Israeli forces shot and killed three Palestinians late Tuesday near Hebron in the occupied West Bank, Israeli security forces said.

Palestinian Red Crescent ambulances took the two bodies to Abu Hasan al-Qasim hospital in Yatta. The Third body was not delivered by Israeli forces.

Locals identified the men killed as Mousa Muhammad Makhamrah, Mahmoud Khalid al-Najjar, and Muhammad Fuad Nayroukh.

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told Ma'an that the men were traveling in a car near Hebron and fired on security officers, who responded by shooting and killing the occupants.

He said the men were members of a "Salafi Jihad terrorist cell" that were planning an attack in the coming days. Explosives were found in the car, he added.

In a statement, the Israeli army said they also planned to target the Palestinian Authority.

Israeli forces besieged Yatta following the killings and prohibited Palestinians from accessing the area of the shootings.

One man was detained after Israeli forces ransacked a local house.

Israeli forces have killed at least 20 people in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip this year.
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